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The National Archives
Wow, I didn't even know this site existed. Bookmark this under your "research" folder. Because it's a comprehensive site of all things historical and American.
On Guns and Doctors
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician are 0.171.
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million!)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188.
Statistics courtesy of the FBI. READ ON.....
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!
(Out of concern for the public at large, we have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical
The Phoenix Killings
Something really bad is going on in Phoenix, Arizona and I am still amazed at how it's flying under the public radar. For when the D.C. snipers were doing their thing it was non-stop coverage, all the time, all day.
Now we have what appears to be a PAIR of serial killers out and about in the Phoenix area, robbing, raping and shooting people and there's even some allusion to the slaughter of animals involved in all this.
There seems to be TWO serial killers and at this point, it's not at all clear whether they work together, if they even know each other, or if one killer sprang forth from knowledge of the work of the other.
One of the serial criminals is referred to as the "Baseline Killer". This fellow is alleged to have committed sexual assaults although Phoenix investigators are mum about this. The other serial criminal is called the "Serial Shooter" and has been on a shooting rampage for over a year.
Perhaps the Phoenix investigators need D.C.'s famous "Moose" as spokesperson. Heh. Because while the hapless D.C. investigators were totally wrong about the snipers' profile what with a non-existent white van and everything, at least the camera-hogging Moose got the public's attention.
They believe the Baseline Killer got his start in August, committing robberies and sexual assaults in parts of south Phoenix and that he began killing one month later. Police won't say whether any of the murder victims were sexually assaulted.
The Serial Shooter is believed to have been killing victims since May 2005. Although police say they have only definitively linked four of the crimes - the Dec. 29 wounding of a man and the shootings of several dogs and a horse - they believe the shooter could be responsible for the random shootings of at least 21 people. In all, five human victims have died, all but one of them men. The shootings usually occur late at night or in the early morning in a rough area in western Phoenix.
Fresno Football Players Involved in Rape of an 11-Year-Old
Now here's a case that has nothing to do with Duke Lacrosse players. And yet the mismanagement, perhaps even the outright lying, of that case could cast a pall on this case.
Already the signs of spin and public recruitment of the jury pool are evident.
The 11-year-old is described as being tall for her age and not "quite right". Which, for now and because of that election-seeking prosecutor at Duke, I must withhold any judgment. For I've heard from tidbits and speculation, that there's way more to this story than meets the eye.
Although, go with me here, an 11-year-old? What possible justification can there be for this? I don't care if she "looked older". Not to mention the child managed to escape and had to seek help from a couple on the street, a fact which makes me think the child was not a willing participant in all this.
Let us hope that the California prosecutor investigating this case isn't seeking re-election. Let us hope that the Duke mess hasn't cast such a shadow over all such prosecutions that the criminals are not brought to the justice they deserve.
Look for more to come out about this case.
Police arrested two men in connection with the rape Saturday night, and officials said they identified eight others as persons of interest. Most or all are students at either Fresno City College or Reedley College, police said.
Seven Fresno City College football players who were in the apartment complex during the alleged assault spoke with police Sunday, an attorney said.
The victim, a runaway from a group home, went to a Fresno apartment complex Saturday night to visit an acquaintance, said police spokesman Jeff Cardinale. While she was inside one of the units, she allegedly was sexually assaulted multiple times by several men.
The girl then fled the apartment and sought help from a couple on the street who called police.
Mother/Daughter Found Murdered on California Hiking Trail
Although the quote below states that two women were shot, a commenter called "Witness" swears he heard no gunshots. The post is evidently made by the person who met the two victims before they began the hike that would end with their deaths.
Other reports have the bodies of the women found out in the open. No attempt was made to hide the bodies.
This is a weird death. I hear the father and husband of these women is out and about and talking. For whatever that's worth.
From Seattle PI.com:
Two women who were found dead near a trail in the Mount Pilchuck area had been shot, a source close to the investigation said Wednesday.
The pair, a mother and daughter from Seattle, were last seen alive at about 10 a.m. on a day hike to Pinnacle Lake, about 20 miles east of Granite Falls.
At about 2:30 p.m., another hiker called 911 after he discovered the bodies a couple of miles up the popular trail near the lake.
There seemed to be more questions Wednesday than answers about the slayings.
The Sheriff's Office declined to talk about their cause of death, other than to say the pair died by "homicidal violence."
Couple Starves Adopted Children
Before yon reader reads another word, cast eyes upon the picture below of this fine pair of adoptive parents, the lovely Molly and Dennis McCurry. Note please that they do not, ahem, appear to have missed too many meals.
Yet three boys in their care were removed from their home. An 8-year-old weighed 40 pounds, a 7-year-old weighed 32 pounds and a 5-year-old weighed less than 20 pounds. The couple has a biological daughter who seems to have eaten just fine.
The adopted children, all nephews of some sort to Molly McCurry and legally adopted by the couple, were also filthy with head lice and all had burn marks behind their knees. Other reports state that one child was so starved that he could not stay awake.
This couple is going to jail, thank God. They both claimed that a stomach virus had recently invaded the household and that is why the children were so underweight. These children were tied up to keep them from getting to any food in the household.
There are no words to express this cruelty on the helpless innocent in our society.
LYMAN, S.C. - A couple was jailed on felony charges after police discovered their three adopted sons were severely malnourished, including a 5-year-old boy who weighed less than 20 pounds.
An 8-year-old brother weighed less than 40 pounds and a 7-year-old brother weighed about 32 pounds when police found them Thursday. The boys also were treated for bruises, scratches, burns and head lice.
Two of the boys told officers they were tied up to be kept from food in the mobile home.
Dennis McCurry, 30, and Molly McCurry, 29, were each charged with three counts of intentional infliction of great bodily injury upon a child. If convicted of the felony, each faces a minimum 20 year sentence.
A fourth child, Molly McCurry's 10-year-old biological daughter, was found to have head lice but was not malnourished, police said.
Three Arrested for Euthanizing Patients During Hurricane Katrina
It had to be a grim situation at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And I cannot emphasize enough that even as the flood waters poured I recall various conversations and interviews from the players in this melodrama. Now it seems that three of the medicos have been arrested for mercy killings.
This is a slippery slope we simply do not want to go down. This is a slippery slope that doesn't even have a slope. It's a slippery slope that leads to an abyss that is as far from humanity and social behavior as we never hope to go.
First, if my ageing memory serves me right, I distinctly recall interviews from people in this hospital. I recall a physician speaking to a CNN reporter on a cell phone; I recall the doctor's description of roaming gangs terrorizing them from the outside. It was all part and parcel of the dramatic aftermath of the hurricane, that period when the floods poured in from the broken levee while so many were unaware of the damage and isolation the flooding would cause.
It just seems to me, right off the cuff here, that these euthanizations were an over-reaction. It seems to me that someone, or someones, got a little too eager to do the deed. I do recall details of the exhausting efforts to keep machine-dependent patients alive by manual CPR and descriptions of patients denied life-saving or pain-relieving relief by electric driven medical equipment.
Yes, I try to imagine helpless patients screaming in pain as failed kidneys inflict horrible damage for want of dialysis. It had to be grueling, to say the least.
Yet this should not have been done. The medicos did have pain-relieving medicine as part of the investigation involved researching morphine amounts in the euthanized. If morphine was available, it would have been more prudent to take the patients out of their pain state than to outright kill them. I also recall a story about a patient that weighed too much for the hospital personnel to carry. Wonder if this patient ended up dead by a "kind hand".
The thing is, the patients from this hospital and many from a flooded nursing home, WERE rescued within two to three days of the flood. Maybe sooner but again, that ageing memory. Whoever made the decisions to shoot those helpless patients full of morphine until they died, made a really, really bad decision.
There will be plenty more dished up about this case. Somebody took matters into their own hands, somebody who had no right to make life and death decisions, somebody who, as I see it, was a little too eager to plunge the needle.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- A doctor and two nurses were charged with second-degree murder Tuesday after Louisiana's attorney general launched an extensive investigation to uncover whether hospital staff euthanized some patients after Hurricane Katrina hit, a source close to the case told CNN.
Canadian Serial Killer Joyfully Continues to Terrorize Victims
We know exactly nothing about Canadian laws. But solicitous reading of the story linked below from the Toronto Sun causes one to ascertain that killers sentenced to life in prison in Canada are eligible to something called the "faint hope" law. Said law allowing criminals imprisoned for "life" can petition for release after serving 25 years of their sentence. This is if I am interpreting the law correctly.
It also appears that said petitions for release require a hearing before a parole board of sorts and on behalf of victims of heinous crimes, bereaved family members show up to insure that the victims' interests in the release of their murderers are not lost in the fray.
The fellow discussed below is an especially heinous type of guy in that he really seems to get his rocks off during those parole hearings. Parole hearings for a release that is highly unlikely. The editorial linked suggests that a release of this murderer is very unlikely and everyone in charge knows it. The criminal just gets a kick out of reliving his crime and tormenting his victims' families with details that no one should have to endure every two years in what has essentially become a circus.
So Canada, God love them our mighty neighbor to the north, does not, in this enlightened times, have a death penalty. So okay, great minds can argue for or against such a punishment. The problem comes when great minds decide against the death penalty but in their zeal to protect the more heinous amongst us, they come up with this ridiculous rule that serves no purpose, no purpose whatsoever. What's the matter, Canada is so damn wimpy it cannot even get a solid grip on the notion of "LIFE IN PRISON". Seems to me that at the very least, a criminal spared the death penalty should not further be granted the joy of these endless requests for parole that only hurt the victims even more.
Hey, Oh Canada, get a grip. LIFE IMPRISONMENT. Say it over and over again. If you don't want the nasty death penalty in your fine country, at least do the manly thing and mean what the hell you say.
From the Torontosun.com:
The terrible reality, though, is that Olson gets to punish the families of his victims not only this year, but every two years.The law says even he has that right after 25 years behind bars.
Victims groups are pressing the government to abolish the faint-hope clause and give murderers consecutive sentences for multiple killings, rather than concurrent sentences.
Murder by Abortion
Again we're walking with laws in Australia and must write in the dark so to speak. The article linked below does include the following tidbit:
Abortion is legal in NSW if, taking into account the patient's medical, social and economic circumstances, a doctor is satisfied that the pregnancy would endanger her life or physical or mental health.
The above, if taken at face value, is quite different than the situation here in the United States. The "crime" for which the good doctor is charged below, would simply not be a crime here in America.
For a baby can be ripped from its mother's womb right up until the day of birth and we can thank the Supreme Court for this. Judges, as the Founding Fathers saw it, should not be making laws. We have elected legislators for this. But in the Roe versus Wade decision, the mighty Supremes declared abortion to be a right guaranteed by the constitution when the constitution says no such thing. And since these same mighty Supremes were NOT, ahem, lawmakers, they didn't bother with such niceties as gestation term when abortion would be permissible, or to set standards for when an unborn baby is a living human capable of life outside the womb. Thus we have that abomination called "partial birth abortion", go to hell, which involves such as sticking needles in an unborn baby's skull to kill it then instigating labor to remove the infant corpse.
In the case below, the scenario as described would NOT be a crime here in the U.S. As the snippet quoted above seems to indicate, abortion in Australia is not considered a mighty constitutional right. The decision to abort a pregnancy is a bit more complicated although I have qualms about a physician's power to determine such things.
At any rate, the lady who took the abortion medicine was FIVE and a half month's pregnant. Hardly a time to suddenly, boom, decide, 'Nah, changed my mind.' The description of the baby's gasp is heartbreaking.
A WOMAN today wiped away tears as she recalled in a Sydney court her cousin's baby gasping for breath after being born four months prematurely.
It is alleged the baby's mother was unlawfully given abortion drugs by doctor Suman Sood, who is on trial in the NSW Supreme Court.
Dr Sood, 56, has pleaded not guilty to the baby's manslaughter and to two charges of procuring an illegal abortion.
Man Who Blew Up His Own House Dead From Injuries
There's two sides to every story. But I'll be damned if there's any side to this story that makes sense so far as the lovely Dr. Nicholas Bartha is concerned.
The guy didn't want to sell his beloved home and evidently home of his medical practice. Yet the home was being auctioned for a four million dollar judgment for his ex-wife as determined by the divorce court.
Instead of doing that which we all have to do when a marriage sours and results in divorce, this kook fools around with the gas line and blows the place up. With him in it!
Now his estate is being sued by everyone in the surround and hey, I'm not convinced homeowner's insurance will handle any of this. I have read elsewhere across the Blogosphere that as it turns out, the property is now worth way MORE because of the demolition of the rather ageing building on it.
Imagine all the innocent people this man could have killed!
Dr. Bartha will soon be joining Lucifer down there along with Uday, Qusay and oh yeah, Adolf Hitler.
NEW YORK - The doctor suspected of blowing up his town house rather than allowing his ex-wife to benefit from its sale has died, nearly a week after suffering critical injuries in the blast, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday.
Dr. Nicholas Bartha, 66, died late Saturday, said Mary Halston, an administrator at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Police had been unable to speak to Bartha about the July 10 explosion because he was in a medically induced coma. Authorities have said they were investigating whether he might have caused it rather than sell the town house as part of a divorce judgment favoring his ex-wife.
Bartha's ex-wife, Cordula Bartha, told police she received an e-mail from him shortly before the explosion warning that she would be "transformed from gold digger to ash and rubbish digger."
"I always told you I will leave the house only if I am dead," the e-mail said.
Gets Out on Parole and Immediately Rapes Again
Tyler Wilson was convicted of rape in 1992 and sent to jail for 25 years. In 2005 he was released on parole. He immediately raped another victim in the SAME PARK as his first victim!
Sure this is a failure of our parole system. Obviously this guy should not have been released. Hey, I know the jails are crowded.
But we hear entirely too much of this sort of thing lately.
WILSON, N.C. -- Fourteen years ago, Wendy was raped by Robert Tyler in Wilson's Toisnot Park. While she wanted to tell her story, she did not want to give her last name.
"He managed to pick me up and throw me to the ground and do what he did," said Wendy.
Tyler received a 35-year sentence, but was released in 2005 after serving only 13 years in prison. On Friday, he was arrested again; accused of raping another woman in the same park.
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